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Renovating a 30-year old house into a zero-energy home

Renovating a 30-year old house into a zero-energy home

If you want a well-insulated house in Japan you usually need to build it yourself. If you are looking at an older house to buy or rent, insulation is usually lacking, unless the original owner decided to go the extra mile to create a home with insulation. For the majority of older homes, however, they…

Home builder introduces 9-storey home to their line-up

Home builder introduces 9-storey home to their line-up

In an industry first, PanaHome is now offering a 9-storey home for landowners who want to maximize the use of their land. The suggested layout for the ‘Vieuno9’ high-rise home includes retail space on the ground floor, office and rental apartments on the lower floors, and the owner’s residence on the upper floors. The steel-frame…

Daiwa House unveils high-end custom-built homes

Daiwa House unveils high-end custom-built homes

On April 12 Daiwa House announced details on their newest and highest grade of custom-built homes aimed towards wealthy buyers. The ‘PREMIUM Gran Wood’ homes are wood-framed houses with construction costs starting from 300,000 Yen per square meter (255 USD / sq ft), not including land purchase costs. With additional options and finishes, construction costs…

CLT could soon be incorporated into Japan’s building code

CLT could soon be incorporated into Japan’s building code

Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) could soon become more popular as a building material in Japan. While it is already possible to construct a building using CLT, current regulations require additional structural consideration and specific approval from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). The government has been working on introducing legislation that will provide clear and…

Tadao Ando-designed house in Tokyo for sale

Tadao Ando-designed house in Tokyo for sale

Update: No longer available A contemporary residence designed by famed architect Tadao Ando is currently listed for sale. The 4-bedroom home is located in the trendy Daikanyama neighbourhood and is a 15 minute walk from Shibuya Station. Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando’s designs are notable both in Japan and overseas. Although he has designed a number…

Japan’s Zero Energy Houses

Japan’s Zero Energy Houses

In April 2014, the Japanese Government approved plans to encourage Zero Net Energy Houses (ZEH) with the goal of making them standard for new house construction by 2020. Zero energy houses are designed to use as much energy as they can create using renewable energy on-site. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has also…

Introducing our Unique Spaces

Introducing our Unique Spaces

For those interested in an architecturally designed property, or something a little older or unusual, we are launching a special section on our site called Unique Spaces. This is a carefully curated selection of properties currently listed for sale that, in our eyes, are different from the cookie-cutter apartments or homes that make up the majority of…

Home staging gaining traction in Japan

Home staging gaining traction in Japan

Home staging might be an option considered by sellers when trying to list their property for sale in overseas markets, but in Japan it has been a practice limited to showrooms for brand new developments, or for properties that are being flipped by real estate companies. Options for private sellers have been limited until recently.

PanaHome unveils 6-storey house

PanaHome unveils 6-storey house

PanaHome have opened three 6-storey model homes in Tokyo and Yokohama. These are said to be the tallest model homes to be built in Japan. The display homes are part of their Vieuno PRO series that includes both residential homes with retail and office space. A change to the inheritance tax laws in January 1,…

1960s Osaka office conversion wins renovation prize

1960s Osaka office conversion wins renovation prize

The conversion of a 48-year old small office building into a private residence won best design (open category) in the 2014 Renovation of the Year awards announced on November 2. The 4-storey office building had a floor plate of 66 sqm and was surrounding by buildings on three sides, limiting natural light. The property was…

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